Final 2011 Grades on MLB's Top 55 Signings, Acquisitions

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Final 2011 Grades on MLB's Top 55 Signings, Acquisitions
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Following the completion of the regular season, one of the favorite things for fans and sports writers to do is look back at how each major acquisition performed during the season.

It's inevitable that some major signings or trades will perform better than others and terms such as "steal" and "bust" will be tossed around.

In many cases these are unfair assessments to make given that there are typically years remaining on these players' contracts and they have time to either redeem themselves in the case of a bad year or come back down to earth in the event that maybe they played over their head for an entire season.

Regardless, we're going to ignore that for the most part and take a look at how these players impacted their new teams during the 2011 season.

I did take into consideration remaining years on a player's contract while assigning grades, but I tried to keep it as much to their statistics as I could.

The other important consideration when assigning grades to a team's acquisition of a certain player is: what was expected of that player?

Basically, just as I loved in high school since it saved me on many tests, I chose to grade on a curve.

Think I was unfair or overly generous with a specific grade? Let me know why in the comments.

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